First let me tell you that I absolutely love Manjaro. I used Windows up until 2012, then I used Ubuntu (also tried other Linux distros), and 2 weeks ago I switched to Manjaro and so far it is the best operating system I’ve used.
Here are some stuff I would do, if I had the knowledge and skills, to make Manjaro even better (in my view):
1. Improve the Package Manager (Software Center) a bit. I like its simplicity but I think the following would be great:
a. make a nice page with categories and let people vote (rate) apps so we can see most popular or best rated or even “editor’s pick”. Let people discover new software and maybe even have a category with “latest releases”. I don’t suggest you transform this into the clutter that Android play store is. Not at all. Keep it simple but give people more options to discover new software.
b. separate somehow the “packages” from “apps”. As a newbie I want to mainly install apps and I want to see my installed apps in one single place without being added together with packages/dependencies. If I go to “Installed” that’s what I want to see, else it becomes a mess of packages and apps and I can’t make sense of it. Let me sort out the apps from packages/dependencies.
c. sort installed apps by date - I want to see what I installed recently so maybe I can uninstall those.
d. the main reason I don’t use Windows anymore is because I want to use FOSS software. But what I am sad to see with most popular distros is that you don’t have control to sort FOSS from the rest of the apps. Your package manager is amazing, but can we have a way to filter out software by “license”? There is a script that decects non-free software here https://github.com/vmavromatis/absolutely-proprietary would be fantastic to use it as a way to enable such a filter in Manjaro. If people who create such distros forget about the “mission” of open source and foss then we will end up like Android sooner than later, with an “Open Source” operating system that is littered with proprietary apps. I would hate to see that. So please gives us control over the software center.
Manjaro “package manager” (or just call it software center) is one the best when it comes to what we can find there. I don’t want to use my terminal to install software, then use the package manager for other software, and so forth. I want one central place to manage them all. So far so great, but it can be improved.
2. What Linux seems to be lacking is mapping extra mouse buttons and that really sucks. I have a mouse with 13 buttons and I use them all for productivity but there is not an easy way to set this in up Linux. I’ve seen Linux has added support for Wacom tablets for example (to set them up form the settings panel), and that seems weird to me because it seems like a specific niche. Why not make it easier to map extra buttons for mice? I bet there are more people with mice that have extra buttons than with Wacom tablets. And it does not seem like a hard thing to do https://forum.manjaro.org/t/how-do-i-set-up-extra-mouse-buttons - going to settings and being able to set up extra mouse buttons from there would be fantastically useful.
3. Add HUD! Ubuntu Unity had 2 amazing features: a global menu and HUD. I can still use them with Gnome Extensions, but would be a fantastic add to the entire operating system regardless of the DE. I make documentaries, websites, and design books (plus write) for the past 10 years and a global menu takes away the clutter of menus from your face plus the HUD allows you to quickly access anything from the menu with a click of a button. You know how amazing it is to edit a photo and want to change the levels and instead of fighting through menus and submenus just click a button and write “levels”?! If you get used to HUD, not having it is like moving away from a mouse with 13 buttons to a touchpad.
These are some of the things I would do. I am doing volunteering work online for the past 10+ years - documentaries, books, educational stuff, websites, etc… I never worked for money and I rely 100% on donations. Knowing that you guys create Manjaro in the same kind of way (posting it for free for everyone) I want you to understand that I appreciate and understand how valuable your work is.